Old Age Make-up

National Standard:

Standard 3 DESIGNING/IMPLEMENTING Students will use the basic elements of design.

Objective A: VISUALIZATION Envision design ideas for dramatic presentations.

• Plan design ideas to accommodate all environments, situations, and characters in a dramatic presentation; i.e., from the viewpoint of set, costuming, lights, sound, make-up, and props.


Learning objective:

Students will demonstrate their understanding of highlights and shadows by practicing aged makeup on their own face.



• Mirrors
• Brushes
• Powder
• Foundation
• Ultralight highlight
• Character shadow
• Sponges (smooth and stipple)
• Old Age Makeup Handout  Lesson 1.Old Age Handout



Create a slide show with each slide having 2 pictures. Ask the students who they think is the older individual(s). There will be 4 slides.  Lesson 1.Old Age Pictures
Step 1) Ask the students why they voted for one of the individuals on the slide. What about the picture told you that they were older? (ex responses: wrinkles, sagging skin, What differences do they see between a younger face and an older face?
a. What about the pictures suggested age?
b. What types of things show age?
Step 3) The question that we are going to answer today is “How do you change a young face to an old face?” We use MAKEUP!!! As we age our skin wrinkles and sages which creates highlights and shadows. We use make-up to create the illusion of the wrinkles and sags.



Step 4) Pass out the Old Age Makeup handout. Discuss how the heaviness and lightness of the makeup will depend on how far away the audience is. It would be lighter makeup in an arena theater than in an auditorium/proscenium. But the makeup would be even darker at the a larger auditorium. For our purposes today we will be doing it for our auditorium. You have to do your makeup in a way that those sitting in the middle of the audience can see it.
Step 5) Demonstrate the rules of old age make-up on a volunteer student or TA. Use the handout to go through the different instructions. Also include the below process.
1. 3 basic elements that you use. Foundation, highlight, and shadow. We use makeup to create the illusion of creases, folds, sags, etc
2. First start with applying foundation
3. Then do all of the highlights first because they can more easily be erased
4. Then follow all of the highlighted areas with shadow
5. Finish off with stipple sponge to get sun spots, etc effect
6. Powder off so that the make-up may stay
Give the students the following phrase of where to place the highlights and shadows
H = Highlight
I = In
D = Down

S = Shadow

O = Out
U = UP
*Have the students fill this out on their handout
Step 6) Have the students partner up. This is the partner that they will have to do their final application. Give the students time to practice old age techniques on a partners face. Walk around the room to help with any concerns or clarification they may need. First start with one half of your face. If there is time left over than practice on your other side. Split the remaining time between the two partnerships.



Students will practice old age makeup on their own face.